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Deborah Kamen

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691138138

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691138138.001.0001

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Privileged Metics

Privileged Metics

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(p.55) Chapter 5 Privileged Metics
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Status in Classical Athens
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Deborah Kamen

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691138138.003.0006

This chapter focuses on the status group called “privileged metics.” The privileged metic was in various respects superior to his less-privileged peers. Socially, too, privileged metics represented a distinct, higher-ranking status group. The fact that most were likely Greek, unlike the average nonprivileged freed-slave metic, probably granted them additional social standing. Given that any metic granted privileges was (ideologically, at least) being rewarded for services rendered to the city, he was implicitly more favored and more embraced by the citizens of Athens than were “regular” metics—and in some cases, more so than “regular” (that is, not euergetic) citizens.

Keywords:   privileged metics, Greece, classical Athens, legal status, social status

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